Topic: Stop Smoking Support Thread

Forum: Share Your Experiences Of Life After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis —

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009 11:12PM

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009 11:12PM

webwriter wrote:

Some of us will, some of us won't, but it's an ugly beast to try to tackle alone. I think I'd rather have cancer than quit. Sadly, I can't quit cancer. Dunno if I can quit smoking or not, but I just read a study that says smoking (nicotine) interferes with and blocks chemo by 61%.

http://www.jointogether.org/news/research/summaries/2006/nicotine-hinders.html

joeoncology.blogspot.com/2006/...

If I'm gonna have to go through this crap, it darned well better work. I've come to terms with every other aspect of this mess I've been presented with so far. Sometimes with tears, sometimes with humor, sometimes with quiet hugs from hubby. Smoking not so much. I like it. It's my friend, my crutch, my safe harbor in a crazy world. It's killing me. It's time to say good-bye.

My quit date is 1/19/09. My husband will be joining me. Cold turkey for me, patches for him. (I am avoiding more nicotine just as much as I am sugar.) 

Anyone out there care to join us?

www.acoffeebreakcafe.com/CBC/b... Dx 11/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 23, 2021 07:00PM - edited Jan 23, 2021 07:05PM by CarolAnnieLumpLump

Hello Minus,

I see there are a few new people here. Hello to you all. I am Carol, I am from Michigan. I smoked for 44 years until I was dx with breast cancer in May of 2018. I quit smoking on June 21, 2018. I still have a pack of cigarettes (Marlboro Menthol Lights) with a sticky note on them that reads “Not today Satan".

This year has been crazy in so many ways. It's interesting that I think of you Minus occasionally and wonder how you are doing. I have not had a cig but I am still using my e-cig. I was using cartridges from a company named Mistic but they went out of business a few months ago due to some new restrictions. No notice was given. So it was a struggle to find a replacement in a hurry. I ended up trying a few different e-juice until I found one that works for me and isn't too expensive. I went from 18% nicotine down to 12% and plan to reduce to 6% with my next purchase. I know it's the hand to mouth for me. I just can't seem to give it up.

I did retire from my job on June 30. We gardened this summer and canned lots of tomato juice, peaches, green beans, apple sauce, froze baked zucchini breads and muffins, corn, and asparagus. We did lots of fishing and froze lots of fish fillets. My DH is sitting at the table right now cleaning more fish he caught today through the ice. Any way we stocked up on all kinds of healthy food that was either grown here on our 40 acres or within a ten mile radius. Needless, to say I love the outdoors so my retirement was filled with fun.

When we went to the grocery store in late March after not having gone for a month we were astonished that the shelves were bare. There was no meat to be found. No TP. So now we feel good about having our pantry stocked up with all this stuff we gathered. Lol. I don't know about where you live but here in Michigan, we couldn't even buy seeds to start plants or paint or any of the non essentials that you want when you are cooped up in your own 4 walls.

I have to make a confession. I was planning to go to Cancun on January 16th - January 30th. My uncles family does this every year and I have gone with them for the past 4 years. This year things were going to be different in that my dad and sister weren't going. It was only going to be my aunt, my cousin and myself. I had visions of having a real cig on the beach! After almost 3 years that urge snuck in on me. Good Lord! I ended up backing out from going when they announced you had to have a COVID test to get back in to the USA and all the political mess. I didn't want to be stuck down there with the Covid or a false positive or something crazy happen here and me be down there away from my family.

This is turning into a book... You had asked me last post if my husband was retiring too. He has been on disability since 2009. He looked forward to my retirement. Now I think I am driving him crazy. Haha. We turned ourwalkout basement into my craft space so I go down there and create things most days. I rediscovered how much I love to sew and have made hundreds masks. My daughter and I also have an etsy store where we make and sell things.

Glad you're still here encouraging others to work at quitting.

Carol

Diagnosed at 59. Oncotype 10. Dx 6/5/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2018 Whole breast Hormonal Therapy 11/23/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 23, 2021 10:02PM minustwo wrote:

Carol - so nice to hear from you and discover you are loving retirement. Strange times. Wow, the garden sounds amazing. What a LOT of work to 'put up' all those things. And good for you sewing & listing things on etsy,

I'm sorry to say I've slacked off on the walking since January 1st. Instead of only missing one or two days a month, now I'm missing two or three days a week. Oh well. I'm still getting in over 25 miles a week and I have to remember I DESERVE to sit in my recliner and read if I want to. My only outings are to the grocery store every two weeks. Before it got colder a group of neighbors got together several times in one of our driveways for a 'sit & sip'. Everyone brought their own chairs & their own drinks.

Interesting about the smoking. Glad you found something that works for you. I'd love to smoke on the beach (or anywhere really), but I KNOW I truly can not have just one. Sort of like how I approach Cheetos even though it was a Lay's PT chip advert. Open a bag - finish the bag.. I'm going on 15 years out now and there are still several times a month that I miss it. Oh, it's just a flash & not angst, but I loved everything about smoking. Walking around the neighborhood I veer closer to those homes where it's obvious people smoke. It's my bloodhound tendencies. So that makes me weird again. Most former smokers can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke. I gravitate towards it.

Thanks for writing Carol. Found it interesting reading there's not much ice on the Great lakes this year. I can't remember if you're on the UP, but hope your weather stays decent. Cancun will still be there next year.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jan 27, 2022 07:43PM jo-jo2018 wrote:

I so badly want an effing cigarette!

Chemotherapy 7/9/2018 Other Hormonal Therapy 10/29/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 3/1/2022 Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2022 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 3/1/2022 Kisqali Chemotherapy 4/1/2022 FAC Dx IDC, nodes, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 27, 2022 07:55PM minustwo wrote:

Hey Jo-Jo... Been there, done that. Hang on girl.

I hope some of the older members of this thread will post - or maybe new people currently trying to quit. I have to say that this thread was a MAJOR support for me. There are still lots of good ideas. A bunch of us had a deal to meet on the east coast in 10 years. I have no idea how many will still see this thread - but I'm still ready to travel back east to meet any of you once the virus dies back.

And JoJo - I was raised in CA - SF bay area. I used to travel to see my parents in Palo Alto a couple of times a year, but they are gone now. My son is still in Marin County, so BEFORE COVID I was always out there at least once a year. Maybe we'll be able to go to lunch one day.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jan 27, 2022 08:35PM jo-jo2018 wrote:

Thanks MinusTwo, just battling today.... Life seems to be a bag shit lately

Chemotherapy 7/9/2018 Other Hormonal Therapy 10/29/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 3/1/2022 Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2022 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 3/1/2022 Kisqali Chemotherapy 4/1/2022 FAC Dx IDC, nodes, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 27, 2022 09:54PM minustwo wrote:

Somedays chicken - somedays feathers.... Unless of course you are vegetarian... (LOL)

I'll be happy to post some of what worked again if you don't have time to go back & read old posts.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014

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